The practice of controlling animals perceived as threats to human or environmental interests is uniquely placed on an intersection of various ethical, scientific, economic, social and conservation issues. The issue of animal welfare in experimentation, education and production has become subject to better definition, regulation and public education. A lack of similar processes specifically addressing vertebrate pest control is conspicuous. The scale of the impact of introduced animals in Australia and New Zealand and the concomitant scale of control should underline the need for an updated approach to this issue. Obviously, such an effort should have its beginnings in discussion – this seminar was organised to encourage various perspectives and to promote understanding and communication between stakeholder groups. There is some common ground between the groups represented at this seminar in the recognition of the need to reduce pest animal impacts, and of the need to use the most humane techniques available. It is logical to identify the common ground issues and attempt to move forward from this position. In this seminar, the emphasis on two commonly used vertebrate pest control techniques in Australia; fumigation of animal burrows and poisoning with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), was intended to provide a basis for defining some research directions into humane, effective and attainable control techniques. We would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the speakers at the seminar and by those who attended the day and participated in the afternoon discussion.
|Author||Fisher, P.M. and Marks, C.A.|
|Publisher||Department of Natural Resources and Environment|